MISSION STATEMENT

To provide quality early childhood education through teaching/learning initiatives that cater to the overall development of the child.


General Objectives

  • To assist families to understand spiritual principles, make positive choices, and develop a relationship with God;
  • To play a more active role in advocacy for children and families;
  • To strengthen linkages among national and regional agencies involved in family support;
  • To enhance the operational/financial systems necessary to execute all programmes. Programme Objectives
  • Provide families, particularly "hard to reach" families in Barbados, with information and guidance on parenting, youth and gender issues, conflict management and other family related matters.
  • Deliver quality early childhood education and development (ECED) services to children 2 - 4 1/2 years of age and provide support and guidance to their parents.
  • Improve linkages between families, schools and other support services.
  • Provide additional programmes for men using a gender sensitive approach.
  • Strengthen advocacy efforts to influence policy with regard to family support. 


OVERVIEW

For over 30 years, PAREDOS has developed partnership with Government and the Private Sector to deliver parent education programmes to families.  The most recent initiative is the launching of the Bertie Graham Early Childhood Education Unit in 2001, which houses the PAREDOS Day Care Centre.

The Day Care serves as a multi-purpose centre for research activities and initiatives in early childhood care and education.  It is designed to expose children 3 months – 4 ½ years to strategies, which allow each child to reach his/her full potential (spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and social).


The teaching method is based on the social learning theories of John Pestalozzi, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget & Eric Erickson; and the Behaviourist Approach posited by B. F. Skinner.

These early childhood theorists suggest that children learn through active exploration of an environment that is rich in "hands on opportunities”.